Editorial Results (free)
1. Consumer Packaging Group to Reduce Confusing Food Labels
- Friday, September 22, 2017
NEW YORK (AP) – "Sell by?" ''Display Until?" ''Best Before?" These food date labels intend to help shoppers figure out what to throw away, but they're also mixed up with deadlines for retailers as well. That causes confusion among shoppers who can't figure out what they all mean on a can of beans or a bag of pasta. As a result, shoppers discard food that is either safe or usable after the date to the tune of $29 billion a year in the U.S. alone.
2. Italy’s Enchanted Five Lands
- Thursday, August 31, 2017
Visit any bookstore’s travel section and take a quick look at the cover of the Italy guidebooks. Chances are the photo is of the postcard-perfect view of one of the cliff-side Cinque Terre villages along the Italian Riviera.
- Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, July 19, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in NovaCopy’s conference room, 7251 Appling Farms Parkway. Attorney Wis Laughlin will present “Learn About Owning an Airbnb – Including Important Tax Information.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.
- Thursday, June 22, 2017
The Collierville Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Leadership Network will hold an after-hours event Friday, June 23. It starts with a 5:30 p.m. dinner at The Pasta Kitchen, 875 W. Poplar Ave., suite 31, followed by live music at 7:30 p.m. at Tony’s Trophy Room, 929 W. Poplar Ave. No registration required; pay your own way. Visit colliervillechamber.com/events for details.
- Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, June 21, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in NovaCopy’s conference room, 7251 Appling Farms Parkway. Diane Neal of USHealth Advisors will present “Helping Small-Business Owners, Self-Employed and Families Get Affordable Health Coverage.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.
- Tuesday, June 20, 2017
The city of Germantown’s Groovin’ and Grillin’ Concert Series wraps up Tuesday, June 20, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Kiwanis Pavilion at Municipal Park on Exeter Road. Bluff City Soul Collective will perform at 7 p.m. Concert is free; hot dogs and hamburgers available for purchase. Visit germantown-tn.gov.
7. EDGE Board Approves Two PILOTs, GMACW Merger
- Friday, April 21, 2017
The Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County on Wednesday, April 19, granted tax abatements for a pair of companies with capital investment plans totaling $34 million and approved a resolution that allows the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce to merge into EDGE.
8. Nucor Steel, Rice Manufacturer Seek Memphis Incentives
- Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Two companies have filed applications with the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County for tax incentives that would allow them to expand operations in the Mid-South.
Nucor Steel Memphis and Ebrofrost North America are both seeking PILOTs (payment-in-lieu-of-taxes) that would result in a combined investment of $34 million and 31 net new jobs, according to their respective applications.
9. The World at your Doorstep
- Saturday, August 27, 2016
There is nothing you can’t get delivered these days. If you can imagine owning it, it’s only a matter of time before it can be in your possession, brought to your front door within minutes, hours or days from the first moment you even conjured the thought of having it.
10. Eating to Win, Be It at the Olympics or in Daily Life, Takes Planning
- Monday, August 29, 2016
The Rio 2016 Olympic Games were historically successful for Team USA, as Americans topped the medal chart in every category: 121 total medals, 46 golds, 37 silvers, and 38 bronzes.
Swimmer Michael Phelps added five more golds and a silver and now has 28 medals overall, 23 golds. Simone Biles became the first American to win four golds in gymnastics at a single Games.
11. FDA Issues New Guidelines on Salt, Pressuring Food Industry
- Thursday, June 02, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration is pressuring the food industry to make foods from breads to sliced turkey less salty, proposing long-awaited sodium guidelines in an effort to prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart disease and stroke.
12. Baker Family Keeps Owen Brennan’s Going
- Saturday, May 28, 2016
If you show up on a Sunday for Owen Brennan’s famous brunch, owner Jim Baker will be there to greet you, to say your name and smile at the thought of another round of mimosas being ordered.
13. The Curb Market's Central Idea: Supporting Local Growers
- Thursday, March 24, 2016
Several times a day for the last two weeks, people have been showing up at The Curb Market – Midtown’s new market for locally sourced meat, produce and dairy products – and had to be turned away.
14. Stoney River Steakhouse Opens in Saddle Creek
- Saturday, January 30, 2016
J. Alexander’s Holdings Inc. has announced the opening of its 11th Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill in the Saddle Creek development in Germantown.
15. Stoney River Steakhouse Opens in Saddle Creek
- Wednesday, January 27, 2016
J. Alexander’s Holdings Inc. has announced the opening of its 11th Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill in the Saddle Creek development in Germantown.
16. New Routes to a Healthier New Year
- Saturday, January 09, 2016
About a year ago, Christina Charley launched Love Yourself Fitness, a virtual at-home personal training and holistic coaching business.
Now a year later, Charley’s new business is thriving and she’s in the process of expanding it.
17. Camy’s To Relocate In Midtown
- Friday, July 24, 2015
Camy’s, the Midtown delivery and carry-out institution, will relocate soon.
Camy Archer, founder and owner of Camy’s, will move the business from 3 S. Barksdale to 2886 Walnut Grove Road, which is near the Union Avenue viaduct and was most recently occupied by the Love Shack.
18. Creatives of Memphis
- Saturday, July 18, 2015
Every time Brit McDaniel sits down at the potter’s wheel that's central to her Memphis-based ceramics business Paper & Clay, she's not just focused on infusing that next product with her signature Scandinavian-inspired minimalism.
19. L’Ecole Culinaire Debuts Food Truck in Memphis
- Saturday, March 14, 2015
L’Ecole Culinaire is joining the food truck scene in Memphis.
The organization’s “Le Food Truck” will be staffed by chef instructors and students, serving up a rotating menu.
20. L’Ecole Culinaire Debuts Food Truck in Memphis
- Friday, March 13, 2015
L’Ecole Culinaire is joining the food truck scene in Memphis.
The organization’s Le Food Truck will be staffed by chef instructors and students, serving up a rotating menu.
Instructors have designed a signature item for food truck diners called “Le Cone,” which combines grilled chicken, penne pasta, tomatoes and bacon tossed with a cheesy cream sauce inside of a house-made bread cone. It costs $8.
21. Nashville’s Most Romantic Restaurants
- Saturday, February 07, 2015
Romance means something different for everyone, but most people can agree that if there is low lighting, soft music, a charming companion and something delicious to eat, you’ve already got the makings of one outstanding evening.
22. Old Favorites
- Saturday, February 07, 2015
A few years ago, Tandy Wilson, chef and owner of City House, offered this tip about earning his respect as a diner: Don’t tell me you’re a foodie, he said, tell me you’re a “regular.”
We were having a conversation about overuse of the term “foodie,” and how even though it can be a well-meaning label to show a person’s interest in a particular topic, it also can carry the snobbish weight of those who salivate over the trendiest dishes – and then salivate over their keypads to type a Yelp review after just one visit.
23. Q&A: Vince Carter, Memphis Grizzlies Guard/Forward
- Friday, January 16, 2015
Fast Facts: 1998-99 NBA Rookie of the Year; 2000 Olympic gold medalist; won the Slam Dunk contest at All-Star Weekend in 2000; eight-time NBA All-Star; averaged more than 24 points in a season six times in his career; has averaged 19.8 points per game over his career; received NBA Community Assist Award in 2005; signed with Grizzlies this past summer as a free agent; cousin of former NBA player Tracy McGrady; ranks 25th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list with more than 23,000 points; turns 38 on Jan. 26.
24. Recipe for Success
- Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Michael Hudman is overseeing some last-minute preparations at Porcellino’s, walking through the space that will not only be home to a butcher shop but also represents fresh progress toward the master plan that chefs Hudman and Andy Ticer came up with years ago for their piece of Brookhaven Circle.
25. HipD: Donelson Finds Its Cool Side
- Saturday, September 27, 2014
The tag “Hip Donelson” evoked plenty of snickers, eye rolls and snarky comments when it first appeared. After all, the local joke goes, Donelson’s known for hip replacements – not hipsters.
26. Olive Garden Defends Breadstick Policy
- Tuesday, September 16, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – Olive Garden is defending its practice of giving customers as many breadsticks as they want, saying the policy conveys "Italian generosity."
The remark is part of a response by the chain's parent company, Darden Restaurants Inc., to a nearly 300-page criticism released by hedge fund Starboard Value last week. Starboard took Olive Garden and its management to task for a litany of issues, including its liberal distribution of breadsticks, its failure to salt the water used to boil its pasta and even the length of the asparagus it serves.
27. Olive Garden Investor: Back Off on the Breadsticks
- Monday, September 15, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – Maybe there is such a thing as too many breadsticks.
In a nearly 300-page treatise on what's wrong with Olive Garden and its management, investor Starboard Value suggests the Italian restaurant chain is being reckless with its unlimited breadsticks. The hedge fund notes the chain's official policy is to bring out one breadstick per customer at a time, plus an extra for the table.
28. Digital ‘Buy Local’ Platform MadeIn Set to Launch
- Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Next week, a venture called MadeIn is launching a new shopping platform in Memphis to connect people to a website where they can buy and sell local goods.
The venture is a digital platform that will act as a kind of local version of Amazon, and MadeIn creator Jennifer Sadler said her startup also will sell curated gift boxes that include an assortment of local products.
29. East Memphis Lost Pizza Plans to Open March 21
- Saturday, March 15, 2014
Lost Pizza Co. is opening soon inside the former Ronnie Grisanti’s location in Chickasaw Crossing.
30. East Memphis Lost Pizza Opens March 21
- Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Lost Pizza Co. is opening next week inside the former Ronnie Grisanti’s location in Chickasaw Crossing.
31. Exlines’ Best Pizza Marks 40 Years
- Monday, March 03, 2014
It was about 40 years ago that Walt and Violet Exline were looking for a home in Raleigh and stopped with their Realtor to eat lunch at a pizza parlor at the corner of Austin Peay Highway and Stage Road.
32. Lost Pizza to Open in East Memphis in March
- Tuesday, January 28, 2014
The Lost Pizza Co. is about two months away from opening the first Memphis location for its fast-casual restaurant concept.
33. Belz Sells Shelby Oaks EnSafe Center for $910,000
- Monday, January 20, 2014
5710-5730 Summer Trees Drive
Memphis, TN 38134
Sale Amount: $910,000
Sale Date: Jan. 10, 2014
Buyer: EnSafe Inc.
Seller: BICO Associates GP
Details: An affiliate of Belz Enterprises has sold the five-building Shelby Oaks EnSafe Center office complex on Summer Trees Drive in Northeast Memphis for $910,000.
34. Kroger-Anchored Centers Sell for Combined $41M
- Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Two Class A retail centers anchored by Kroger stores at 1605 N. Germantown Parkway and 540 S. Mendenhall Road have traded hands in an internal transfer for a combined $41.2 million.
35. Location is Key for Success of Downtown’s New York Pizza
- Monday, December 23, 2013
As businesses expand and contract, corporations find homes in faraway cities and new technology means that law offices don’t have to adhere to the convenience of proximity the courthouse affords, so goes the Downtown workforce.
36. Felicia Suzanne’s Celebrates 12 Years With New Patio, Concept
- Friday, November 15, 2013
Felicia Suzanne’s Downtown Memphis restaurant is coming up on its 12th birthday, and the eatery has been in the midst of a flurry of changes.
That’s in keeping with owner Felicia Willett’s philosophy that change has to be constant – and embraced – at a business that wants to stick around for the long term. To that end, her restaurant unveiled renovations to its patio this week, as well as updated its drink menu and introduced a new farm table concept.
37. The Mighty Olive Opens at Laurelwood
- Wednesday, November 13, 2013
A new food and grocery business opening in the Laurelwood Collection this week will seek to draw in foodies and health-conscious shoppers with a distinctive product focus.
The concept behind The Mighty Olive is that of an artisan olive oil and vinegar market.
38. Frost Bake Shop Ready to ‘Engineer Cakes’
- Monday, September 02, 2013
All American Sweets was the confection of chef Bill Kloos Jr., who moved from St. Louis to Memphis to take over the operation of Yia-Yia’s Euro Café and later would go on to open Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar.
39. Boyle Sells More Lots at Spring Creek Ranch
- Friday, August 09, 2013
After an initial offering went so well earlier this year, a group of area homebuilders has acquired 17 more lots at The Village at Spring Creek Ranch from Boyle Investment Co.
40. Cordova Building Sees Solid Leasing Activity
- Friday, July 19, 2013
The commercial building at 584 N. Germantown Parkway in Cordova has recently seen strong leasing activity. Advanced Prosthetics and Orthotics LLC, which opened in 2004 and provides prosthetic limbs and orthotics to support or supplement weakened or abnormal joints or limbs, inked a lease to occupy the 4,000 square feet of space that once housed a Baptist Memorial Health Care minor medical center. Last year, the center signed a 5,050-square-foot lease at the former Blockbuster space in Trinity Commons, 670 N. Germantown.
41. Roaming Non-Rome
- Thursday, July 04, 2013
BELLAGIO, Italy – They don’t want you to nap too long in this town. Church bells ring about every seven and a half minutes, starting at 7:30. Chiming and chiding, they seem to say, “You’ve slept long enough.” (Good thing I don’t believe in jet lag. Who needs that third hour of sleep anyway?)
42. Canada Threatens Tariffs Against US Products
- Monday, June 10, 2013
TORONTO (AP) – Canada warned Friday that it may impose tariffs on everything from orange juice to bread if the United States doesn't change a meat-labeling policy that Canadian beef and pork industries say is costing them more than CA$1 billion (US$979 million) a year.
43. Conflicting Laws, Regulations Feed IRS Confusion
- Thursday, June 06, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – The uproar over the Internal Revenue Service's heavy-handed treatment of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status can be traced partly to when New York University Law School went into the noodle business.
44. Report: SEC Investigating Trading in Heinz Deal
- Monday, February 18, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) – Federal regulators have opened an insider trading inquiry on the $23 billion acquisition of H.J. Heinz, according to a publish report.
Citing an unnamed source who was briefed on the matter, The New York Times reported Friday that the Securities and Exchange Commission is looking at "unusual trading" surrounding the deal for Heinz to be purchased by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital, an investment firm that also recently bought Burger King. The report said regulators first noticed a suspicious spike in trading on Wednesday.
45. Scharff Elected to Legal Roles at Buckman, Bulab Holdings
- Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Jonathan Scharff has been elected vice president, legal and general counsel for Buckman and corporate secretary for Bulab Holdings Inc., Buckman’s parent company. Scharff has more than 22 years’ experience in the legal industry, including positions at Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale PC in St. Louis and Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh PLLC in Memphis. In his new position, he will oversee legal needs in U.S. and global operating companies and work with associates in preventing and managing legal risks.
46. Fresh Approach
- Friday, April 13, 2012
The days of mystery meat, syrupy fruit cups and rubbery cheese pizza are a thing of the past at Memphis City Schools Nutrition Services, where, each school day, 20,000 salads are prepared from scratch using fresh, locally grown, mixed field greens.
47. Dry Riesling has Balance, Elegance
- Monday, April 02, 2012
I think of Trefethen Vineyard, founded in the Napa Valley in 1973, as an old-school Winery. That is, not only because it goes back almost 40 years, but because its wines avoid the flamboyant, over-ripe, over-oaked, high-alcohol factors that characterize the products of so many newer wineries. Trefethen has been around long enough to see its region turned, in 2004, into an official American Viticultural Area, the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley sub-appellation.
48. Sam’s Slice of Memphis
- Friday, March 23, 2012
For Pete’s sake, it’s Sam’s. And it always will be. Turning basic things into things Memphis is part of our storytelling alchemy. Some mixture of food, drink and funky has to be involved in the telling, and the telling should take a while. Sometimes the stage itself may be the story.
49. Former Cleo Site Sells For $2.6M
- Friday, March 16, 2012
A Memphis-based buyer has bought more than 1 million square feet formerly occupied by Cleo Inc. gift-wrapping company in Airport Industrial Park Section A for less than two-thirds of the listing price.
50. Cultures and Flavors Meld at Evelyn & Olive
- Monday, March 12, 2012
What does it take to open a restaurant?
Nerve, desire, concept, location, money.
Vicki Newsum-Hall and her husband, Ernest “Tony” Hall, certainly had the desire, they got the nerve, they had a concept, they found the location and somehow the money and – not least by any means – a chef named Xena Lovelady, and they opened Evelyn & Olive Restaurant and Wine Bar on Jan. 9 at 630 Madison Ave., a rather lonely stretch of Madison between Downtown and the Medical Center.
51. Take a Ride With ‘Biker’ Zinfandel
- Monday, March 05, 2012
A wine nicknamed “Biker” would probably conjure the idea of a burly, bearded guy wearing motorcycle colors, midnight black shades and an old German army helmet astride a powerful Harley, hurtling down the highway in a roar of power and arrogance. The Four Vines “Biker” Zinfandel 2009, Paso Robles, however, while being fairly burly, does not come across as a two-fisted, no-holds-barred blockbuster. In fact, there’s a certain paradoxical sense of balance and decorum about the wine, though it is undeniably forthright and flavorful.
52. New Grape Yields Tasty Red Wine
- Monday, January 16, 2012
If you drink a wide range of wines, you probably know the names of most of the important grapes. I mean, you don’t have to take a wine class or even read a book to remember chardonnay, chenin blanc, pinot grigio and sauvignon blanc; cabernet sauvignon, merlot, pinot noir, syrah, zinfandel.
53. Some Big Taste Found in Small Calif. Winery Cimerone
- Monday, December 19, 2011
The small production wines of Cimerone Vineyards are available in limited quantities in a few states and by mail order only in California, and the winery does not offer a tasting-room. Pretty exclusive stuff, but because of a friendship between owners Roger and Priscilla Higgins and a local wine retailer, some cases of the Cimerone wines can be found in Memphis.
54. Congress Pushes Back on Healthier School Lunches
- Wednesday, November 16, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – Who needs leafy greens and carrots when pizza and french fries will do?
In an effort many 9-year-olds will cheer, Congress wants pizza and french fries to stay on school lunch lines and is fighting the Obama administration's efforts to take unhealthy foods out of schools.
55. As Temps Dip, Try Hearty Wine Like Allegrini
- Monday, November 07, 2011
Here’s a great Italian red wine to start off November and a season whose growing chill dictates hearty flavors and long-braised dishes. This is the Allegrini Valpolicella 2009, a blend of 65 percent corvina grapes, 30 percent rondinella and five percent molinara, in other words, a classic Valpolicella from that area northwest of the charming city of Verona.
56. Oliva Looks to Make Imprint at Erling Jensen
- Monday, October 31, 2011
A quality one doesn’t find often in chefs is modesty. We’ve all dined at restaurants where the primary ingredient is the chef’s ego, served with side-dishes of arrogance and hubris.
Fortunato Oliva, on the other hand, is happy to admit the debt he owes to his family – especially his grandmother, mother and aunt – and to the mentors he worked with since he was 16 years old, that is, for half his life.
57. Bleu Latest Addition To Downtown Dining Scene
- Monday, October 24, 2011
It’s safe to say that it’s been a banner year for Downtown’s dining options. Within the past 12 months or so, restaurant openings have included Thai Bistro and The Brass Door on Madison Avenue; City Market, Krispy Krunchy Chicken and the Green Beetle on Main Street; and Rizzos Diner on G.E. Patterson Avenue, to name a few.
58. Wal-Mart to Localize Offers for Facebook Fans
- Wednesday, October 12, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – Just in time for the crucial winter holidays, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. aims to recreate the feel of a local store for its more than 9 million Facebook fans.
59. Examining the Current Dining Landscape
- Monday, September 19, 2011
So, where was I?
Oh, right, I was writing about the now-closed restaurant M. Wells in Long Island City, Queens, N.Y., and the completely different approaches taken by two reviewers of the briefly wildly popular place – it closed after a year because of a rent dispute – Sam Sifton of The New York Times and Alan Richman of GQ. Why bother, since my readers and I live in the Mid-South? Because, to my mind, the controversy brings up issues that relate to how we dine out in a rapidly changing world.
60. Venture Off Kid’s Menu Every Once in a While
- Tuesday, September 06, 2011
So, you’re in the restaurant, the family and the kids. Everybody is behaving well, speaking in “inside voices,” including the adults. So far, so good, but the point is, what is everybody going to eat? The kids take one peek at the menu and look as if they’re beginning to tune up: “Mom, Dad, we hate tilapia with Southwestern succotash and mango-jicama relish!” Mom says, hopefully, “Look, Dick, look, Jane, there’s a kid’s menu! You love kid’s menus!” Signaling the helpful waiter for another martini.
61. Lively Muscat Boasts Alluring Bouquet, Taste
- Monday, August 29, 2011
The alternatives to the ubiquitous chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and pinot grigio continue to expand as wine made from once unfamiliar grapes from Italy, Spain, Portugal, Eastern Europe and South America reach our shores. Albariño and verdelho, vermentino and falanghina, furmint and grüner veltiner and torrontès all help to ease the boredom our palates feel from a steady diet of The Chard, S.B. and P.G.
62. Is ‘No Children Allowed’ Policy Right or Wrong?
- Monday, August 29, 2011
In July, Mike Vuick, owner of the Pittsburgh-area restaurant McDain’s, banned children younger than 6 from his establishment. More than 2,000 email responses to this action ran 11 to 1 in favor of the ban.
63. Chef Back at Ciao Bella as Restaurant Turns 10
- Monday, August 08, 2011
It turns out that you can go home again; at least Jonathan Steenerson did. The original chef at Ciao Bella when that salad, pasta and pizza restaurant opened in November 2001, next to Kroger in Mendenhall Commons, Steenerson is back as executive chef of the Ciao Bella that moved a few blocks west in November 2007 to the Erin Way Shopping Center and much larger digs.
64. Southern Belle Restaurant Opens on Madison
- Tuesday, August 02, 2011
Southern Belle: Take-Out Hot Lunch and Catering has recently opened at 1329 Madison Ave.
Owner and chef David Johnson is serving hot Southern plate lunches Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Menu items include blackened chicken pasta and crawfish etouffee over rice. All food is served as take-out, but seating is available for customers who prefer sit-down service. The restaurant will begin offering delivery services this month.
65. CrescoAg Inks Lease for New Downtown HQ
- Friday, July 15, 2011
Downtown Memphis has landed another corporate headquarters. CrescoAg LLC, an independent information management company, has signed a new lease on 4,594 square feet at 88 Union Ave.
66. Food Companies Take Veggie Cue From Sneaky Trend
- Thursday, July 07, 2011
It looks like Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, and Kraft says it tastes just like the original. But a new ingredient is lurking inside this version of the American family dinner staple — cauliflower.
67. Restaurant Obligations: Meeting Patron Requests
- Monday, June 06, 2011
A friend of mine comes to Memphis from the West Coast once or twice a year, and we have dinner together. We’ve been doing this since 1987. He’s very particular about what he eats, basically asking for the same thing no matter where we dine: steamed or poached salmon, steamed vegetables (whatever is on hand) and a bowl of lemon wedges. No sauce or embellishment of any kind.
68. Rise of Vegetarianism Means More Choices
- Monday, May 30, 2011
According to a study commissioned in 2008 by Vegetarian Times, 3.2 percent of Americans – about 7.3 million people – follow a vegetarian-based diet. About 1 million of those people are vegan, meaning that they avoid eating not only animals but animal products. Another 10 percent, about 22.8 million, said that they “largely follow a vegetarian-inclined diet.”
69. Spring Fever, Flavors Hit Memphis Kitchens
- Monday, April 04, 2011
March came in like a lion and it didn’t exactly go out like a lamb, but the contradictory month still spells the beginning of spring, when young men’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love, and chefs in restaurant kitchens begin considering changes to their menus that reflect a more buoyant season. In fact, chefs get pretty darned excited about this momentous change of seasons.
70. ’06 Chianti Rufina Offers Classic Taste at Great Value
- Monday, February 07, 2011
Having spent three crowded and hectic days in New York last week at VINO 2011, a conference hosted by the Italian Trade Commission, I thought it would be appropriate to offer a (really) brief tutorial in the intricacies of Chianti as well as a recommendation for a terrific example of the sangiovese grape.
71. All-Italian Wine Lists are Rare, Even at City’s Italian Eateries
- Monday, February 07, 2011
When I was in New York last week, attending a three-day conference on Italian wine, my one major meal outside the hotel was at Morandi, an Italian restaurant at Waverly Place and Seventh Avenue in Greenwich Village. This is a sole venture into Italian food for restaurateur Keith McNally, whose French-inspired outposts, from Odeon in TriBeca to Balthazar in SoHo to Pastis in the Meatpacking District, not only defined casual Gallic dining below 14th Street but helped to establish their neighborhoods as destinations.
72. Wal-Mart to Make, Sell Healthier Foods
- Friday, January 21, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – Wal-Mart, the nation's largest grocer, says it will reformulate thousands of products to make them healthier and push its suppliers to do the same, joining first lady Michelle Obama's effort to combat childhood obesity.
73. Slice of the Market
- Tuesday, December 07, 2010
The most successful locally owned Mid-South pizzerias set themselves apart from large national chains like Domino’s, Pizza Hut and Papa John’s by offering high-quality ingredients, friendly service and unique dining experiences.
74. Juicy Jim’s Brings Slice of Jersey to Highland Strip
- Monday, December 06, 2010
“Juicy” Jim Matson, proprietor of two Highland Street eateries, learned everything he knows about the pizza business from his mentor, “Greasy” Tony Giorgianni.
As a teenager growing up in New Jersey, Matson tossed dough and bused tables at Giorgianni’s famous New Brunswick eatery, which fed pizza and cheesesteak sandwiches to generations of hungry Rutgers University students.
75. 'Eat and Enjoy'
- Tuesday, November 23, 2010
It’s only a matter of days before Downtowners can start bringing their grocery lists to the corner of Main Street and Union Avenue.
City Market, a boutique grocery that will offer freshly prepared cuisine as well as staples like milk and eggs, is expected to open its doors Nov. 30.
76. Italian Eatery to Take Over Dish’s Cooper-Young Site
- Monday, November 22, 2010
Italian is coming to the intersection of Cooper and Young.
Chef David Cleveland, in Memphis since 1997, and veteran front-of-the-house manager Leslie Billman will open Cortona – they hope by the beginning of 2011 – in the space where Dish closed Jan. 31.
77. Riviana PILOT Headlines IDB Meeting
- Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Riviana Foods Inc. is looking for a tax break for its recently consolidated manufacturing and processing facility at 2314 S. Lauderdale St.
78. Dolcetto d’Alba From Piedmont A ‘Sweet’ Choice With Light Fare
- Monday, September 27, 2010
Back in March, at the Barbera 2010 conference in Piedmont, I tried, among hundreds of other examples, two wines made from the barbera grape by Tenuta Cisa Asinari dei Marchesi di Gresy, to spell out the producer’s full name. Several months later, in Memphis, I encountered other wines from this historic estate as well as having the opportunity to chat with Alberto Cisa Asinari di Gresy, as charming and unassuming a personage as one could wish to meet or desire to emulate. His is the kind of family that can say, “Oh yes, we’ve owned that vineyard since 1797.”
79. Andrew Michael Kitchen: Where the South Meets Italy
- Monday, September 27, 2010
One in an occasional series on the signature dishes of local chefs.
It’s appropriate that over the fireplace at Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen hangs a painting of a pig.
80. Patagonia Wine Worth Exploring
- Monday, August 16, 2010
Never tried a wine from Patagonia? You’re not alone. Don’t know where Patagonia is? You’re probably not alone there either, though most people could probably identify the region generally as being way down at the southern tip of South America. In fact – Geography Lesson Alert! – Patagonia encompasses not just the tip of South America but the major portion of lower Argentina, and it’s there that we find the wine region called Neuquén, whence comes the wine we discuss today.
81. Designer Hamburgers Lend Luxury to Once-Humble Patty
- Monday, July 26, 2010
As an icon of American culture, the hamburger is infinitely variable. Though enduring as many costume changes as Madonna and Lady Gaga combined, the burger is essentially a statement of utter simplicity: a grilled or fried or broiled patty of ground beef served between two pieces of bread. The additions or condiments depend as much on regional tradition as personal taste. The lettuce-tomato-mayonnaise camp mans the barricades against the ketchup-mustard-pickle contingent, and never the twain shall agree.
82. Slice of Memphis Found on Park
- Friday, July 23, 2010
For Pete’s sake, it’s Sam’s.
Turning basic things into things Memphis is part of our story-telling alchemy. Some mixture of food, drink and funky has to be involved in the telling, and the telling should take a while. Sometimes the stage itself may be the story.
83. Sauvignon Blanc: Back To The Source
- Monday, June 28, 2010
Sometimes it seems as if the New Zealand style of sauvignon blanc is taking over the world. To what do I refer? To wit: a nose of such extravagantly explosive grapefruit, tarragon, lime peel, grass and gooseberry elements that it makes you want to sneeze and a texture so dry and crisp that it induces a gasp.
84. Bari Ristorante Owners To Open Diner on Broad Ave.
- Monday, June 28, 2010
Jason and Rebecca Severs launched Bari Ristorante in November 2002, and almost eight years later, the restaurant and bar – the bar next door opened in 2005 – run with the smoothness of chocolate sauce across the pastry of a warm profiterole.
85. Never Too Much to Say About Rosés
- Monday, June 07, 2010
Let’s do another rosé this week, but a very different sort of rosé from a different part of the world than last week’s example from Bordeaux, which, of course, is in France and – Fun Fact Alert! – did you know that in France it’s against the official government wine rules to blend a white wine and a red wine to make a rosé, except in Champagne?
86. Consumers Slowly Show Signs of Springing Back
- Wednesday, March 31, 2010
NEW YORK (AP) - Signs of life in consumer spending are sprouting this spring.
A partial rebound in consumer confidence, a positive report on January home prices and an expected strong March from retailers suggest Americans are cautiously perking up.
87. Regional Cuisines Celebrated in Italy's Piedmont
- Monday, March 22, 2010
PIEDMONT, Italy – Regional cuisine forms the backbone of Italy's local cultures as much as the local clay that makes its bricks and the stone that builds its thresholds and hearths. Spend a week eating in one of Italy's regions, as I did recently in Piedmont, and you learn something about habits and customs and the culinary glue that holds a population together.
88. Downtown’s City Market Closer to Reality
- Thursday, February 18, 2010
The store’s motto is “e-squared – eat and enjoy.”
Its look and feel will be that of an Old World market offering customers freshly prepared food with a local and international flair, as well as grocery staples such as milk and eggs.
89. Customer Always Right Doesn't Necessarily Apply Here
- Monday, February 08, 2010
At the bottom of the menu at Bari Ristorante e Enoteca is printed this sentence: “Every ingredient in every dish makes the dish complete, so we will not make substitutions or exclusions to any dish.”
90. Inexpensive Vintage Bursting With Flavors
- Monday, January 04, 2010
The Yuletide season is almost over; Christmas and New Year’s are safely behind us. Let’s have a simple supper, say, meatloaf or a hamburger, a meaty pizza or pasta dish or perhaps pork chops, and settle back with a bottle of Bliss Family Vineyards Merlot 2007 from Mendocino County, Calif.
91. Try Lively Italian Reds For Winter Warmth
- Monday, December 21, 2009
OK, forget everything I said about needing white wines even in chilly weather. Ol’ Man Winter has gotten serious; the water in the dogs’ bowl outside bore a skim of ice this morning. We need serious stimulation and fortification in food and wine.
92. Kroger Reports $875M Q3 Loss on Charge at CA Chain
- Wednesday, December 09, 2009
CINCINNATI (AP) - The Kroger Co. is hurting from California's especially soft economy and the overall bite of a dollar-by-dollar battle under way nationwide for recession-pinched households' grocery spending.
93. GOP Hopefuls Share Views On Gov’s Race
- Monday, November 23, 2009
The four major contenders for the Republican nomination for governor have been sharing the same stage a lot since the 2010 race came to life in January.
The latest four-way appearance came earlier this month at the Northeast Shelby Republican Club’s annual Pasta & Politics Dinner in Cordova:
94. Soul Fish Team Preps for Germantown Expansion
- Friday, November 13, 2009
Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans, the old saying goes. And that explains why Soul Fish restaurant co-owners Tiger Bryant and Raymond Williams – who long have wanted to expand into neighborhoods beyond their Cooper-Young location – have skipped a step in their plan.
95. Social Security Freeze Means Seniors Must Scrimp
- Monday, October 19, 2009
PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) - If her check were bigger, 76-year-old Agnes Conti might be able to spring for a better cut of meat for her pot roast. She could afford to send her nine grandchildren more than $20 for their birthdays and Christmas. She'd be able to buy some nice new clothes, like she sees on QVC, not what she settles for at Walmart.
96. Closely Watched Cordova Restaurant To Open Soon
- Thursday, August 20, 2009
The Memphis-Shelby County Office of Construction Code Enforcement has issued a certificate of occupancy for an upscale restaurant developed in Cordova by a topless-nightclub businessman.
That approval granted Aug. 7 means city and county officials are satisfied the building is suitable for occupancy, said Assistant County Attorney Carter Gray. And it means Stella Marris, strip club mogul Steve Cooper’s restaurant at 7955 Fischer Steel Road, can open whenever its owner is ready.
97. Couple Puts Romance in Southern Comfort Food
- Monday, June 22, 2009
A Jill Scott song could have inspired the menu and atmosphere inside The Upper Crust.
Smooth jazz, golden colors and soulful cuisine make it the kind of place where comfort food is served with style. Husband and wife Arthur and Tina Seay said they are big fans of the songstress who wails out her love for her man by telling him what she’ll cook. The Seays just opened the restaurant at 326 S. Cleveland St. All the items on its lunch and dinner menus are less than $10.
- Thursday, February 19, 2009
The Shelby County Beer Board will meet today at 2 p.m. at the Shelby County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. For more information, call Steve Summerall at 545-4301.
99. Hilton Garden Inn Planned For Land Behind Cordova Retail Center
- Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Cordova, TN 38016
Sale Amount: $1 million
Sale Date: Feb. 9, 2009
Buyer: Globus Partnership
Seller: TomBo Properties Inc.
100. Germantown Shopping Center Sells for Nearly $6 Million
- Friday, February 13, 2009
Alea Properties USA LLC has bought the shopping center at 2200 N. Germantown Pkwy. The seller was Paul Jaffe. Alea Properties took out three loans in conjunction with the sale, one for $4 million, one for $950,000 and a third for $200,000. Jaffe was the lender on all loans. The $4 million loan has a maturity date of Jan. 2, 2024, the $950,000 loan has a maturity date of Jan. 2, 2010, and the $200,000 loan has a maturity date of March 15, 2009.